Our WILDHOOD Summer - Come Rain Or Shine...


Missing your WILDHOOD? Let us help you reconnect! This summer, we’re sharing some of our favourite places to enjoy a family #staycation - with optional camping - come rain or shine. 

First up, if you’re looking for sea, sand and fun in spades, here are 5 Must-Visit Beaches….

#LunanBay
Fond of sand dunes and salty air? This east coast beach will be seaside heaven. Follow signs for Lunan Bay off the coastal route between Arbroath and Montrose and head down the single-track road to this hidden gem. Stay on the simple campsite just behind the huge dunes - www.lunanbaystays.scot - breakfast at the Lunan Bay Diner, bbq at your own pitch and play upon miles of soft, golden sands overlooking the North Sea.

Loch Morlich
You don’t have to be on the coast to visit the beach! In the heart of the highlands and the Cairngorms National Park, you’ll find the highest beach in Britain at Loch Morlich, near Aviemore. There’s a watersports centre, a wee beach hut cafe and snow-capped mountain circling the water. Also, a short meander through the woodland play area, will take you to the relaxed Glenmore Campsite.

#Clachtoll
Head into the wilds of the West Coast, an hour north of Ullapool and follow a single-track road down towards the sandy bay. You'll be met by highland cows, uninterrupted views of the Summer Isles, the almost mythical ‘Split Rock,’ old fishing stations and Flossie's Beach Store - an off-the-beaten-track shack serving up essentials, little luxuries and real barista coffee. Also, there’s a great wee pie shop in nearby Lochinver. Where to stay? Pitch your tent close to the sand at Clachtoll Beach Campsite.

#Pittenweem
Discover one of Scotland’s not-so-hidden gems in the East Neuk of Fife, an area known for its string of pretty fishing villages and a microclimate offering milder and drier than average weather. Pittenweem has a couple of cute, wee beaches, pitch and putt, cafes, a historic harbour, the#PittenweemChocolateCompany, an old-fashioned ice cream and sweetie shop on the waterfront and stunning coastal paths connecting Pittenweem to nearby villages. Visit the The Scottish Fisheries Museum and get fish and chips from the award-winning Anstruther Fish Bar in the neighbouring village. Also, you have a choice of camping sites at nearby Crail, St Monans, Elie and Cellardyke - and plenty more beaches too!

#CalgaryBay, Isle of Mull
Beyond the ferry crossing and tourist trail to Tobermory, discover wild camping with benefits. There's a handy wc nearby and you'll wake up to views of white sands sweeping along the edge of a crystal atlantic ocean. Read more at The Independent https://ind.pn/2WJFgmu

Dive into the WILDHOOD way and discover more at wildhoodfestival.com
#KindgdomOfWildhood #BornToBeWild#wildhoodfestival #disconnecttoconnect

images by WILDHOOD except 'canoes' by @georgiadelotz, sourced via unsplash


#repost WILDHOOD instagram and facebook (14th June 2019)

A little background...

Working with the team at WILDHOOD,  I provide social media storytelling and copywriting.  Find out more about Acoustic Wave - boutique media, marketing and entertainment studio - at acousticwave.co.uk

Some Clients Say The Sweetest Things...



'Wow! It sent shivers down my spine!!!  You've expressed the right feel for the business - I didn't need to change a single word!!' Sophie Latinis, Owner/Director, Pittenweem Chocolate Company

Several years ago, when I began my first copywriting project with the Pittenweem Chocolate Company, receiving approval from Sophie was music to my ears. Since then, it's been a real blessing to continue our working relationship and I was delighted to return after a break for maternity leave in 2016/2017. Now, my little one is off to nursery and I'm able to consider opportunities to work with more like-minded clients. With this in mind, Sophie has kindly written a full testimonial.

'Since 2012, Vicky has provided ongoing copywriting and marketing services to the Pittenweem Chocolate Company - an artisan Scottish business with global reach, which continues to attract the attention of iconic publications and influencers from around the world.

Vicky’s services include producing copy and content for our blog and social media channels on a weekly basis, copywriting for adverts/promotional features, and producing press kits for local, national and global media. In addition, she envisioned and directed the style, tone, photography and copy for our website and managed our official photo shoots; consistently aligning our online presence with our overall brand identity.

Vicky has also produced our one-off series of ‘Chocolat’ inspired events, written our hospitality-meets-PR training handbook, hosted coaching briefings for our front-of-house team and she is our ‘go-to’ consultant and coach on incoming PR enquires and interview opportunities.

I have found Vicky very professional, reliable in all our dealings and have great respect for her instincts. I highly recommend her to any company searching for a copywriter, PR / media consultant, social media creative - or all of the above!'

Sophie Latinis
Owner / Director
The Cocoa Tree Shop / Cafe
Pittenweem Chocolate Company 

Soil And Surf - A Pop Up Showcase...







Last weekend, friends of Soil and Surf joined us in our driftwood garden for a celebration of hills and harbours, mountains and mermaids, wildlife and waves. Profits of £470 were raised for the people who help keep us safe in our favourite wild places - ocean deep, mountain high - Anstruther Lifeboat Shop and Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team. Thank you to everyone who joined us and to supporters for digging deep and donating! And now, here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes…

Gamekeeper's Gallery
As Seen On TV! We journeyed into the wild with our special guest, Peter Mckinney, highland gamekeeper-turned-photographer. You may even remember him from documentary, Kill It, Cook It, Eat It. Amidst the beauty of the Cairngorm National Park and beyond - with its abundance of wildlife and epic mountain scenery - he always gets the perfect shot. Meanwhile, his wife, Kate poured the perfect shots at our alfresco bar...

Mermaid Cafe
12-2pm
Served in waves, guests experienced the taste of ’soil and surf’…special thanks to Pittenweem Hub for supplying our 'Hills and Harbour' gin, our friends in the highlands for the wild venison and to local fisherman, Nick, for the lobster. Also, pizza was created in our Ooni 3 wood-fired oven from Ooni and you can find a recipe for the base at https://bit.ly/33c4Foh

Gardener's Gallery
Elsewhere in our driftwood garden, we invited guests to experience creative gardening | coastal living. Jim showcased the fruits of his labour: a coast-inspired garden featuring beachcombed treasures and Pittenweem In Bloom award-winning driftwood sculpture, community allotment and handmade furniture crafted for #outdoorliving by the sea.

And Not-So-Hidden-Treasures...
2pm - 4pm

Our magical mermaids offered messages and massages - the mermaid oracle card readings soothed minds while our trained therapist Stephanie, soothed hardworking hands.

THANK YOU again for joining us where the mountains met the sea - for one day only - and experiencing the simple pleasures of a Soil and Surf lifestyle.



















A little background...

Working with my client Soil and Surf, Acoustic Wave provides:-

brand management
blog writing, media + social media marketing
website management
copywriting
client communications
media relations
news releases/media kits
press coverage

Find out more about Acoustic Wave - boutique media, marketing and entertainment studio - at acousticwave.co.uk

Plastic Free July 2019


This month, it's Plastic Free July. This challenge is an invitation to help end our misuse of plastic, in an effort to save our seas - and ourselves. So, here are 21 ideas for reducing plastic waste in our own home and daily lives...

1: Butter: swap tubs for wrapped blocks. 
2: Razors: swap disposable for reusable steel 
3: Laundry: switch to powder in cardboard box
4: Fruit and Veg and Fresh Meat. Fish, Cheese; choose loose and/or hand-wrapped
5: Water : fill up at the tap
6: BYO - tea/coffee mugs, tupperware and straws for take-away.
7: Milk: can you switch to a local firm delivering in glass bottles?
8: Soap: swap from liquid soap to a bar.
9: Sanitary Wear: reusable, washable pads or ‘mooncups’
10: Babies and Little Ones; fsc certified wooden toys, reusable nappies, metal bottles/sippy cups
11: Clothing; swap synthetic plastic fibres for natural materials
12 Wet Wipes; switch to 'cheeky wipes' or similar
13 Shampoo and Conditioner: try a bar, or find a refill station (eg Faith In Nature at The Smoke Fired Whole Foods Shop in Crail), or look for bulk size bottles in 100% recycled plastic.
14 Picnics and BBQs; Sundried Tomatoes, Olives, Salsa, Tomato Sauce etc can be bought in glass. Hummus and Coleslaw can be made at home, quickly and easily. Just google a recipe and go for it.
15 Dental Care: switch to bamboo toothbrushes and toothpaste in tablet form. Discover more at nonplasticbeach.com
16 Make and Bake: handmade, quickie bread, wraps and pizza base in just over an hour at https://bit.ly/2KFUhzh
17 Clingfilm; switch to reusable foodwrap like Bplasticfree
18 Cleaning: switch to Oceansaverpods or use refills, eg. Ecover at Smoke Fired Wholefoods in Crail.
19 Treats: buy unpackaged cakes from the bakery, choose a fruit that isn’t pre-packed
20 Juice; pick the glass or aluminium packaging - unlike plastic, these are infinitely recyclable
21 Refuse: discover the delight of doing without, there comes a point where it just feels better to refuse plastic

Lastly, given the challenges, it may feel like your efforts are a drop in the ocean. Yet, each positive action can inspire change in another person - or corporation or country. 


Together, we can create a ripple effect… 

Discover more atwww.plasticfreejuly.org/ xoxo 

#sos #saveourseas #climatecrisis #climateemergency#extinctionrebellion #savethewhale 🐋 #sos #saveourseas #saynotisingleuse#consciousconsumer #simplepleasures#bethechange #waterwarriors #victoryofwater 🌍#lovetheocean 🌊

Kitchen Magic! Our Daily Bread...



Do you love the aroma of freshly baked bread? Delight in slicing into a warm, rustic loaf? Love the idea of making your own bread, wraps and pizza base? And would you love to have it without all the kneading and knocking back and waiting? How about start to finish in just over an hour? Well, here's a super quick handmade, bread recipe that works like magic...

STEP 1: 

Ingredients:
400g bread flour - I like to mix brown and white. 
1 x sachet of easy bake yeast. 
1 x tea spoon of fine salt. 

Mix in a big bowl

STEP 2 

Then, add hand-hot water, a little at a time, mixing with one hand until you bind into a wet - but not too wet - dough. 

STEP 3 

Leave to sit with a tea towel over it for 10 minutes. 

STEP 4 

Then, oil a work surface with olive oil. 
Tip out the dough and knead into a smoother ball of dough..for about 20 seconds. 
Wash, clean and dry your bowl. 
Coat bowl with olive oil, return dough to bowl under a tea towel. 
Leave to rise for about 30 mins or until needed. 

STEP 5 - BREAD

At this point, if you want BREAD, you can tip into a loaf tin, slash the top 3 times, sprinkle over some oats
bake in oven on high for 22 minutes
empty onto wire rack. 
if the bottom of loaf sounds hollow when you knock on it, it’s done. 
leave for at least 30 mins before slicing. 

And, if you have leftovers, you can slice and freeze...or, it's great for toast over the next day or two. 

STEP 5 - PIZZA BASE

Put generous layer of bread flour on dry work surface
tear off a small handful of the dough (about a fifth of the mixture), 
coat with some bread flour and roll out into thin circular base. 
Transfer to floured pizza paddle, add your toppings, transfer to pizza stone in your super hot oven. 

STEP 5 - FLATBREAD/WRAPS

as above with pizza base, except, tear smaller handful of dough and roll more thinly. 
Then, transfer to dry, hot frying pan. 
Spike in some air holes with fork. Flip flat bread over after around a minute and repeat other side. 
Don’t overdo or could become too firm and tricky to roll. 
Leave on a wire rack. 
Repeat process for each flat bread. 
Note: Clean burned flour from drying pan between uses, with a piece of kitchen towel, otherwise it can get a bit smoky and grubby.
Serve ASAP or wrap in clean tea towel and keep in bread bin for up to 3 days; wraps can be filled with something tasty and either served soft or crisped up in oven or grill.

You are welcome! 



The Voice Of...Wellbeing

As a voice artistI especially love working with people whose ideals, purpose, services and products go beyond making a profit - towards creating a positive impact in our communities and on our planet.

So, two recent recording projects were really on my wave length; a voiceover for The Cooperative, highlighting their community initiatives; and a voice session for a college’s educational training series, promoting awareness and understanding of #mentalhealth issues.

Learn more about the Cooperative’s local causes at coop.co.uk/local-causes.

Learn more about mental health at mentalhealth.org.uk/

Listen and book a voice over via vickywatt.co.uk |

‘hands’ image by @ecasap via unsplash


It's A Wrap! Kind Words From The Woman Behind Waxyz...


'At very short notice and with a tight brief, Vicky at Acoustic Wave came to the aid of Bplasticfree. Just 24 hours after we met, job done, and the new press release was in the bag. Vicky was a pleasure to work with; enthusiastic, professional and focused throughout. Throughly recommended, and I certainly hope to work with her again in the future. 

- Catriona Mann, BPlasticFree (creator of Waxyz - reusable food wraps)



ps. if you need a social media storyteller, writer, voice artist or a creative producer who can help you pull a passion project together, learn more about my work at acousticwave.co.uk